W-League: Roar forwards send out warning

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Brisbane Roar’s forwards have found their scoring touch just as it’s beginning to matter most.

The Roar wrapped up a record-equalling third premiership with a 4-1 win over Canberra United on Sunday.

Brisbane’s four goal-haul took their tally to twelve since the turn of the new-year – only Roar’s opponents on Sunday Canberra scored more goals during that period of time.

Their newfound scoring touch provides a significant boost for the club who have struggled in front of goal in recent times.

Despite sitting atop the W-League standings at the end of 2017 the Roar were the lowest scoring side in the competition’s top six and only Western Sydney scored less goals than the Roar in the 2016/17 season.

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The return of forward Emily Gielnik from Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds proved a masterstroke with the Roar only dropping four points following her arrival in early December.

Despite the winger only scoring two goals herself, her combination of pace and power has troubled opposition defences allowing her to act as a foil for the likes of Hayley Raso and Allira Toby.

Brisbane Roar head coach Mel Andreatta hailed Gielnik’s impact for her side following the premiership-affirming victory.

“She’s come in this season with confidence, she reflected on last year, as we all did and really wanted to improve and be better and that commitment is showing in her performances.

“She’s comfortable taking players one-on-one, creating chances for herself and her teammates, her performances are a credit to the hard work that she’s done on the training park.”

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Another forward who’s found form as of late is Abbey Lloyd, the 21-year old scored her first W-League goal in Sunday’s win over Canberra before quickly following it up with a second in the same match.

Andreatta said she was delighted with the progress of the young forward who she believes has a big future at the club.

“We’ve been talking the last couple of weeks, telling her that’s it’s going to come, she’s been in fantastic condition, her hard work, her conditioning’s been spot on and today we saw that, to see her celebrate was even better.”

“She’s a confident kid who comes from our local league and credit to South West Queensland thunder who developed her, she’s going to be some player.”

Brisbane Roar will be hoping their strikers keep scoring when they host Melbourne City at Perry Park in next weekend’s semi final.

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Thibault Berthier
Thibault Berthier
Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.

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